Amazon

The Amazon is the planet's largest remaining rainforest, teeming with more wildlife than anywhere else on Earth. But this majestic rainforest is caught between the twin destructive forces of deforestation and climate change. Greenpeace is campaigning for an end to deforestation in the Amazon by 2015 and globally by 2020.

22 March 2012

The Rainbow Warrior sails through the Amazon river. The new protest vessel, in Brazil for the first time, is passing through the Amazon and down the Brazilian coast, to support campaigns for a zero deforestation law.

 

The Amazon is a vast and majestic rainforest teeming with an estimated quarter of all known land species. The jaguar, the pink river dolphin, the sloth, the world's largest flower, a monkey the size of a toothbrush and a spider the size of a baseball are just a few of the species that we know about - there are many more yet to be discovered.

It is also home to over 20 million people including hundreds of indigenous peoples, some of which have never been contacted by the ‘outside world’.

And finally, the Amazon stores 80 to 120 billion tonnes of carbon, helping to stabilise the planet's climate.

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The Amazon's Silent Crisis - ft. Marion Cotillard

Video | 21 May, 2014 at 16:00

The Amazon rainforest is under attack. Loggers are stealing the forest. They abuse the system to launder illegal timber with official papers. Much of this timber is then sold all over the world, with two thirds of all timber exported from the...

Amazon forest activists protest pig iron shipment

Video | 15 May, 2012 at 11:17

Greenpeace activists just off the coast of Sao Luis, Brazil stop a ship from loading pig iron.

Rainbow Warrior in Belem, Brazil

Video | 10 May, 2012 at 13:15

The Rainbow Warrior is moored in the port city of Belem, at the mouth of the Amazon river in Brazil. It’s a historic city, over 400 years old, which was established in colonial times and has become a thriving trade center ever since.

Santarem logging shipment timelapse

Video | 2 April, 2012 at 15:37

Have a look at just how much timber came out of the Amazon and onto a ship for export in just 14 hours.

Amazon Illegal Logging Caught in the Act

Video | 2 April, 2012 at 15:25

After months of investigations, activists have exposed an illegal logging operation underway in public lands in the Amazon. The illegal timber was discovered inside the Rural Settlement Corta Corda, 140km from the city of Santarem, Para State.

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